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Emily Wood Leaving Cincinnati for Kansas City’s WDAF

Emily Wood will be jumping FOX affiliates, going from WXIX in Cincinnati to WDAF in Kansas City, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting.

The Cincinnati native, who will be leaving WXIX next Friday, is the second reporter to announce her departure from WXIX in recent days.  Kimberly Holmes Wiggins announced she will be leaving the Cincinnati FOX station for a new job with Orlando’s FOX affiliate, WOFL, November 30.

Wood began her broadcast career at KDRV-KDKF in Medford OR.

After a Technical Malfunction, WDAF Does Evening Newscast Without Commercials

Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF was forced to stay on the air for almost 90 minutes last night due to a technical malfunction. The station alerted viewers to the issue via Facebook:

So this is interesting…we’re doing a newscast without commercials…our system that runs commercials crashed so we’re just rolling through the news tonight and combining 90 minutes of news into about 45 minutes or so. We’re waiting for the computer to come back! Another night of live TV for you!

Phil Witt and Abby Eden anchored uninterrupted from 10:30 p.m. to 11:50 p.m. “By the way, props to everybody in the control room,” meteorologist Mike Thompson said at the end of the newscast. “That’s kind of tough to do, to all of a sudden slam together an hour and 20 minute newscast.” [h/t NewsBlues]

Michelle Bogowith Makes Her WDAF Debut

Meteorologist Michelle Bogowith made her debut on Kansas City Fox affiliate WDAF yesterday.

Bogowith will handle weather forecasts for the 9 a.m. and noon newscasts. She steps into a role vacated by Karli Ritter, who is moving to the 4:30 to 9 a.m. shift following the death of Don Harman last year.

The WDAF morning team introduced Bogowith last week. Video after the jump… Read more

Matt Stewart Lands at WDAF

Matt Stewart, former morning and weekend co-anchor for Kansas City’s CBS affiliate KCTV joins rival station WDAF (FOX) as morning reporter.

Stewart’s last day on air for KCTV was August 2nd.

“I am really excited to stay in Kansas City and work for such a great station,” Stewart told Bottom Line. “I’ve always admired the way WDAF puts together their morning show – it’s loose, fun and informative at the same time.”

Besides KCTV, Stewart previously worked for KCAU in Sioux City, Iowa, KHGI in Kearny, Neb., Wand DTN in Dayton.  He began his career as a photographer at WOWT in Omaha.

 

Nine Months After Don Harman’s Death, WDAF Names New Morning Meteorologist

Nine months after WDAF meteorologist Don Harman‘s death, the Kansas City Fox-affiliate has named a replacement for him on the morning newscast.

Bottom Line Communications reports Karli Ritter, who has worked at WDAF since 2007 and has been filling in on the morning newscast, has been named the permanent replacement. Harman, a popular Kansas City figure, committed suicide in November.

As Ritter moves into her new role from 4:30 to 9 a.m. on weekdays, she will be replaced on the 9 a.m. and noon newscasts by Michelle Bogowith, who joins WDAF next month from KOMU, the NBC-affiliate in Columbia, MO. Bogowith has worked at KOMU since 2007.

David Dunn Signs Off From Kansas City’s WDAF

General assignment reporter David Dunn is leaving WDAF, the Fox-affiliate in Kansas City, according to Bottom Line Communications.

Dunn has been a general assignment reporter at WDAF since 2007. He has also worked at KSPR in Springfield, MO and KQTV in St. Joesph, MO, and as a marketing consultant at Clear Channel Communications.

Dunn, a Kansas City native, signed off from WDAF on Sunday. He has reportedly accepted a job outside of television.

Kansas City’s KSHB Hires Reporter Mitch Weber

Mitch Weber is the newest reporter for KSHB, the NBC-affiliate in Kansas City.

“I’m really excited to get started,” he told Bottom Line Communications. “I’ve always said the KC market is my ‘network’ dream. I plan to stay here and retire.”

Weber was most recently a freelance reporter at WDAF, the Fox-affiliate in Kansas City. He has previously worked at KSNT in Topeka, WGBA in Green Bay, WKOW in Madison and WAOW in Wausau, WI. His first day at KSHB was yesterday.

WDAF Meteorologist’s Mic Fails During Newscast

WDAF chief meteorologist Mike Thompson was all set to do the weather on Wednesday night when everything went silent.

During the Fox-affiliate’s 10 p.m. newscast, Thompson began his weather update but then quickly realized that no one at home could hear him. His mic was dead.

As time ticked away, the studio crew scrambled to find Thompson a backup pack. Video inside… Read more

WDAF Sports Anchor Al Wallace Recovering From Prostate Cancer Surgery

WDAF sports anchor Al Wallace is recovering from prostate cancer surgery, Bottom Line Communications reports.

Wallace, who has worked at the Kansas City Fox-affiliate since 1985, shared the news with WDAF staffers in a note last week.

“As I approach 34 years working in broadcasting, I thought I’d seen it all,” Wallace wrote. “So you can only imagine my reaction when my doctor recently told me I had prostate cancer. That’s the bad news. The good news is it was detected VERY early, and it is VERY treatable.”

According to Bottom Line, Wallace’s surgery was Thursday, and he was released from the hospital on Friday. Jason Lamb will fill in for Wallace during his recovery period.

Public Tribute Planned for WDAF’s Don Harman

WDAF is planning a public tribute for Don Harman, the station’s longtime morning meteorologist who committed suicide last week.

The tribute will take place on the morning of Saturday, December 17th at Kansas City’s Union Station.

Since Harman’s death, there has been an outpouring of support from viewers, with many offering their own personal tributes to the popular weathercaster on WDAF’s website and Facebook page.

The station recently set up a “Remembering Don Harman” site, giving people the opportunity to remember Harman and offer their condolences, as well as seek information about depression.

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